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Anchor Point house fire leaves one dead, one in serious condition

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Commercial fishing vessels are seen here on the Kenai River on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Fishing industry takes a hit during pandemic

Overall fish harvesting jobs in Alaska dropped by the widest margin since 2000 — 14.1% — in 2020.

 

Dave Brann and Robert Archibald present Barb Seaman with the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust Land at Heart Award on Nov. 9 at the Calvin & Coyle Trail in Homer. (Photo provided by Kachemak Heritage Land Trust)

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust honors former executive director

Barb Seaman was awarded the KHLT Land at Heart Award

 

Tim Navarre, president of the Kenai Peninsula Foundation, stands in a bedroom at a cold weather shelter set to open next month on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Shelter prepares to open doors

Efforts to establish a cold weather shelter on the peninsula have been in the works for years.

Tim Navarre, president of the Kenai Peninsula Foundation, stands in a bedroom at a cold weather shelter set to open next month on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Bench creator, Brad Hughes, pours the molding material over the clay while Rob Wiard and Matt brush the liquid rubber over each character on the bench to ensure it is covered evenly. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Molds for the Loved & Lost bench are underway

Construction for the memorial bench continues as the rubber molds to shape the concrete are made.

Bench creator, Brad Hughes, pours the molding material over the clay while Rob Wiard and Matt brush the liquid rubber over each character on the bench to ensure it is covered evenly. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Feds issue vaccine mandate to health care workers; Dunleavy joins lawsuit against the rule

Rule by CMS applies to hospitals, rural health clinics, community mental health centers.

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
A reader board sign on the Sterling Highway announces COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the South

No current COVID-19 patients at South Peninsula Hospital

Test rates, ER visits and admissions are dropping for Homer

A reader board sign on the Sterling Highway announces COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the South
The Homer News sign.

Kenai power outage delays printing of Homer News

A power outage in Kenai that affected the printer has delayed printing of the Nov. 18 edition.

The Homer News sign.
The George A. Navarre Kenai Peninsula Borough building. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Borough looks to tap rescue funds for projects

About $3.4 million of American Rescue Plan Act was allocated for “pay-go” infrastructure projects.

The George A. Navarre Kenai Peninsula Borough building. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)
The color guard lowers the flags in honor of the veterans who have passed as Christie Hill plays “Taps” during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Veterans honored during Veterans Day parade, ceremony

In honor of Veterans Day, dozens of veterans and supportive organizations gathered to march down Pioneer Avenue to the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center… Continue reading

The color guard lowers the flags in honor of the veterans who have passed as Christie Hill plays “Taps” during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
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U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski attends a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. Murkowski held a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 to promote the provisions related to Alaska included the infrastructure bill recently passed by Congress.

‘A win for Alaska’

Murkowski celebrates passage of federal infrastructure bill

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U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski attends a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. Murkowski held a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 to promote the provisions related to Alaska included the infrastructure bill recently passed by Congress.
Upper Cook Inlet Exclusive Economic Zone can be seen on this map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Image via fisheries.noaa.gov)

Fisherman challenge EEZ closure

The closure affects an area of Cook Inlet from south of Kalgin Island to about Anchor Point.

Upper Cook Inlet Exclusive Economic Zone can be seen on this map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Image via fisheries.noaa.gov)
A reader board sign on the Sterling Highway announces COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the South

Test rate drops in Homer area

No new deaths reported for Kenai Peninsula.

A reader board sign on the Sterling Highway announces COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the South
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Brent Johnson presides over a meeting of the assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly considers nixing in-person meetings in Homer, Seward

Members discussed if the meetings were necessary with public Zoom access available.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Brent Johnson presides over a meeting of the assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The 2021 Board Proclamation for the Kenai Peninsula shows the redistricting plan adopted by the Alaska Redistricting Board on Nov. 10, 2021. (akredistrict.org)

New boundaries, shortened terms for local senators after redistricting

The board paired new Alaska State House Districts with Senate districts Wednesday.

The 2021 Board Proclamation for the Kenai Peninsula shows the redistricting plan adopted by the Alaska Redistricting Board on Nov. 10, 2021. (akredistrict.org)
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State Trooper arrested on charges of domestic violence

The Wasilla and Kenai police departments investigated the allegations.

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A map of Kachemak Bay State Park shows proposed land additions A, B and C in House Bill 52 and the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery. (Map courtesy of Alaska State Parks)

HB 52 ‘cures’ land disposal issue of Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery

HB 52 would take hatchery out of Kachemak State Park and add also lands to park.

A map of Kachemak Bay State Park shows proposed land additions A, B and C in House Bill 52 and the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery. (Map courtesy of Alaska State Parks)
A reader board sign on the Sterling Highway announces COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the South

Homer man dies of COVID-19

Latest death is part of a report of 78 new Alaska deaths reported this week.

A reader board sign on the Sterling Highway announces COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the South
Leroy Keene (left) is welcomed home from Desert Storm by his wife and daughter in 1990. Gary Squires (right) kneels next to a young Vietnamese girl he helped rescue and the doctor who bandaged her wounds.

Veterans to receive Quilts of Valor on Veterans Day

War affects veterans who make it home differently. For one Homer veteran, talking about what happened during his deployment to Vietnam during the height of… Continue reading

Leroy Keene (left) is welcomed home from Desert Storm by his wife and daughter in 1990. Gary Squires (right) kneels next to a young Vietnamese girl he helped rescue and the doctor who bandaged her wounds.
A stretch of Kenai Spur Highway can be seen in this August 2019 photo in Soldotna, Alaska. (Clarion file)

ATVs, other all-purpose vehicles, to be OK on some peninsula roads

The regulations drew safety concerns when first proposed earlier this year.

A stretch of Kenai Spur Highway can be seen in this August 2019 photo in Soldotna, Alaska. (Clarion file)